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Whale's Tongue Agave

Whale's Tongue Agave

Regular price $169.40 USD
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Plant Type: Agaves
Plant Height: 3-5 feet
Spread: 4-6 feet
Flower Color: greenish-yellow or white
Sun Exposure: Full Sun, Partial Shade


Whale's Tongue Agave is renowned for its distinctive broad, cupped leaves, which resemble the tongue of a whale, hence its name. The leaves are a powdery blue-gray color and form a dense, symmetrical rosette. This agave is especially prized for its striking foliage, which can add a dramatic sculptural element to any garden.

Native to the high-altitude regions of northeastern Mexico, Agave ovatifolia is adapted to both arid and cold conditions. It's one of the few agave species that can tolerate colder temperatures, making it a great choice for a wider range of climates, including areas that experience occasional frosts.

This species is ideal for xeriscaping, rock gardens, and as an accent plant in drought-tolerant landscapes. It's also a popular choice for container gardening, where its impressive form can be displayed on patios or in courtyard settings.

Agave ovatifolia requires minimal maintenance. It prefers well-drained soil and only needs occasional watering once established, especially during dry periods. Full sun exposure is best for promoting vigorous growth and the development of its characteristic leaf coloration.

The flowering of Whale's Tongue Agave is an impressive event, with the plant producing a tall, robust spike that can reach up to 10 to 14 feet (3 to 4.3 meters) in height. The greenish-yellow or white flowers are attractive to a variety of pollinators. After flowering, the main plant typically dies but may produce offsets or "pups" that can be replanted.

Overall, the Whale's Tongue Agave is a stunning, low-maintenance plant that adds significant visual impact to landscapes and gardens. Its unique leaf shape and color, combined with its drought tolerance and cold hardiness, make it a highly sought-after species among gardeners and landscape designers.

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